Book Reviews

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

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“Soft hearts make the universe worth living in.”

     My first impression of this book was not so great. I don’t know why, but Chapter 1 and 2 were not written well. At all. The sentence structure was weak and there was a lot of telling instead of showing. I found myself wondering what in the world happened to the bestselling author of Divergent. Thankfully, it improved in chapter 3 with Cyra’s point of view. But altogether, the writing was average, I didn’t find it to be overly stunning. It was just a story, it wasn’t really a work of art.  

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    Okay, so the characters. Not perfect and that was great! At one point Akos observes Cyra fingering a pimple on her chin. I had to read it twice because I couldn’t believe it. Sorry, maybe some of you are cringing, but that is real life relatable and not something I read about on a regular basis. Anywaaays, I liked that Roth added this element to the characters.

“I may be in pain, but I am not weak.”

Now, Cyra’s attributes were a clear result of her upbringing, she was as strong as a lion yet as fragile as a butterfly – I actually kind of liked her in the end. Akos, though… I’m not really sure about him yet. He seems a tad selfish and maybe a little weak too. I think this improved as the story went on and we’ll see what book #2 brings.

   To be honest, the plot was kind of slow. It did pick up a bit in places, but I felt like I had to plow through it instead of being able to sit back and enjoy the ride. Also, the story was rather violent and brutal. Killing played such a large role that I didn’t enjoy the book quite as much as I had hoped. I’m not convinced it’s even moral to write about something like this and pretend it’s okay. Yeah, there were and are violent cultures and we should be aware of that, but I don’t think we should romanticize it. What do you guys think?

     So it was a pretty clean read. There wasn’t much swearing and they didn’t have sex, but nope, I’m not going to recommend it. It was a cool idea; however, en masse, it wasn’t a great book.

    Have you read this book? What did you think?

    Have a fantastic weekend my friends!

    E.J. Hill